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March 28, 2012
Dear Valued Subscriber,

Whether it has been years or you have been recently diagnosed, living with gluten intolerance or celiac disease can be a major struggle emotionally and physically. In the newest segment of Care's Corner, Carolyn adeptly presents five facts to motivate you to overcome the "Gluten-Free Funk."


To further assist with your gluten-free lifestyle, it is our pleasure to introduce -- Take Action Gluten-Free Diet Plan (TAGF) -- the real way to eat guiltless and gluten-free. TAGF is the latest installment in our self-help Action Plan series.


TAGF is ideal for those who are new to the gluten-free lifestyle and wonderful for experienced gluten-fee individuals looking for more variety and structure. TAGF is ideal for on-the-go or family dining. 


TAGF is a one month menu with over 100 succulent recipes created by Bonnie and Carolyn. The shopping list boasts over 300 brand name items. Pantry and refrigerator/freezer essentials, along with a recipe index, completes the plan so you don't have to think too much.


TAGF can be purchased via the web -- 9.95 by email -- or mail -- 12.95 by three ring binder. The email edition is free upon request for NCI Well Connect subscribers.


Have a happy, healthy day. 

Bonnie and Steve Minsky


Care's Corner: Overcome the Gluten-Free Funk.


Featuring Food Consultant Carolyn Martinelli

This Week's Alerts


The Ideal Calcium to Magnesium Ratio? 

Bonnie: This week, a wellness and lifestyle columnist broached the idea of ditching the standard 2:1 calcium to magnesium ratio and replacing it with a 1:1 ratio. While she is astute in her call to action, the fact is that most Americans are at an awful 4:1 or 5:1 ratio. For the sake of this piece, we will focus on the 2:1 ratio.

There is one major distinction that must be understood. Adjusting the ratio from 2:1 to 1:1 only applies to supplemental calcium and magnesium, not total calcium and magnesium (which includes food). I still believe that we need slightly more total calcium than magnesium, but supplementally, the ratio should be as close to 1:1 as possible. Here are several reasons:

  • You are more likely to get calcium in your diet than magnesium. Hence, taking double the amount of supplemental calcium is excessive. 
  • Unless taking MCHC or MCHA calcium, many supplemental sources are malabsorbed. It can then leech into and calcify in soft tissue such as arteries. Magnesium keeps calcium dissolved in the blood.
  • Magnesium helps convert vitamin D into its active metabolite so it can assist with calcium absorption.
  • Magnesium stimulates the hormone calcitonin, which preserves bone structure by drawing calcium out of the blood and back into bones.

Steve: One important reminder about supplemental magnesium: many sources create the unwanted side effect of loose bowels. The only source that our clients universally accept as gentle to the bowel is glycinate.


Choosing Bariatric Surgery to Eliminate Diabetes.

Steve: Much has been made about this week's New England Journal of Medicine study showing that bariatric surgery was much more effective than medication in regulating Type 2 diabetes. One glaring omission from the coverage: the study was performed over 12 months, a very short period of time. The reason why this is crucial to mention is that while bariatric surgery can put diabetes in remission, over time, it can come back. In the simplest terms, this is what happens:

  1. Becoming diabetic occurs because continuous, negative epigenetic messages stream to your genome until it has no choice but to express itself negatively in those who are predisposed (insulin resistance, weight gain, etc.).
  2. Bariatric surgery temporarily severs the communication between your epigenome and your genome.
  3. Without this information, your genome stops expressing itself negatively (blood sugar improves, weight regulates, etc).
  4. Over time, you lose the impetus to adhere to your optimal diet and lifestyle. Your epigenome does not forget and charts another pathway to stream negative messages to your genome.
  5. While rendered latent from the surgery, your genome also does not forget. Over time, the negative epigenetic messages build up and your genome expresses diabetic symptoms all over again.

Would it be a leap to say that many bariatric surgeons do not explain this pre-surgery? It sure needs to because human nature is such that we tend to fall back into our old habits. That said, for those who adhere to their optimal diets and lifestyles post-surgery, they will benefit, and save us a lot in health care costs along the way.